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12th Jun '13 8:27:17 AM erforce
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''The Bucket List'' is a 2007 film directed by Rob Reiner and starring JackNicholson and MorganFreeman.

Edward Cole is a hospital magnate who has made his fortune off of charging for hospital stays, but when he ends up in his own hospital with terminal lung cancer and meets Carter Chambers, a mechanic in a similar state, they strike up an odd friendship and make a "bucket list" of things to do before they die.

This and Edward's money takes them around the world as their deaths get closer, but as their health declines it gets harder and harder to do what they want. In the end, they find out what's really worth spending their time on.

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!!This film contains examples of:
* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: Creator/RogerEbert complained about the plot putting both men in the same room, since in reality hospitals would put them in separate rooms to make ''more'' money. However, if they didn't share a room [[AnthropicPrinciple there would be no plot]].
* ActorAllusion: Carter talks about wanting to be the first Black president in his youth. Morgan Freeman played the president in ''Film/DeepImpact'', though it is unclear if he was the first African-American one in the story.
** Edward talks about missing a lunch meeting with Michelle Pfeiffer to attend a hearing. Nicholson starred with Pfeiffer in ''{{Wolf}}'', and both also played villains in the TimBurton {{Batman}} movies. Though not at the same time.
* AwardBaitSong: John Mayer's "Say" over the credits.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Edward first discovers something is wrong when he coughs up blood into a handkerchief.
* CloseOnTitle
* ContemplateOurNavels: Both men spend quite a bit of the movie wondering about the meaning of life and death.
* CoolOldGuy: Carter and Edward.
* DeadlyDistantFinale: At the end [[spoiler:Edward, who beat cancer and lived another thirty years after that, has his ashes put on a mountaintop (illegally) next to those of Carter.]]
* DoNotGoGentle: Both men decide that if they're going to go, they'll go down swinging.
* DuelingStarsMovie: Just in case you didn't catch that bit at the beginning, "''The Bucket List'' is a 2007 film starring '''''JackNicholson''''' and '''''MorganFreeman'''''."
* EndingMemorialService
* ForegoneConclusion: The two men die. This should be obvious from the title alone.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Edward encourages Carter to sleep with an attractive woman because he's only been with his wife and will never have another chance. Subverted, since he doesn't go through with it. Plus, Edward only suggested it to remind Carter how much he misses his wife.
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Lucius Fox]] and [[Film/{{Batman}} the Joker]] go on a road trip. Or [[{{Chinatown}} Detective Gittes]] and [[BruceAlmighty God]] go on a road trip. You decide.
* HollywoodAtheist: Edward's bitter, cynical, extremely unpleasant to most people he interacts with, and claims to envy people with faith even if he doesn't understand what it's about. Yeah, classic stereotypical example.
* HollywoodSkydiving: As the ''MythBusters'' showed, they would not be able to hear each other as they were diving. But both have a tandem partner, averting a usual cliche.
* JeopardyIntelligenceTest: Used to demonstrate Carter's intelligence.
* LikeYouWereDying
* MeetCute: Roger Ebert actually refers to this trope by name in his review when talking about how Edward and Carter meet up.
* MillionairePlayboy: Edward, divorced four times.
* MoodWhiplash: Unsurprisingly frequent, what with it being a lighthearted comedy-drama based around terminal illness.
-->[[spoiler: I'm pretty sure he was happy with his final resting place, because he was buried on the mountain. And that was against the law.]]
* NoodleIncident: Edward tried to fire Matt once before, for the "Oprah Incident."
* OddFriendship / SaltAndPepper: The latter is played with since Carter is the much more level headed of the two
* OutWithABang: Subverted, [[spoiler:Carter is about to make love to his wife when he falls to the floor and starts convulsing, and later dies at the hospital.]]
* [[spoiler:PosthumousNarration: A twist, in that though the opening narration implies otherwise, ''Carter'' is the one who dies first.]]
* RunningGag: Edward's love of Kopi Luwak, a coffee that's made from coffee beans that have been [[ForeignQueasine digested and pooped out by a cat civet]].
* SceneryPorn: The locales Ed and Carter visit are on a lot of Bucket Lists, and for good reason.
* TwistEnding: [[spoiler:Both men die, but not in the order expected]]
* UnclePennybags: Edward
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: One of Edward's points on his list is to kiss the world's most beautiful girl, who turns out to be [[spoiler:his granddaughter]].
** In a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming way]], not a {{squick}}y way.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: Kinna the whole point.
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''The Bucket List'' is a 2007 film directed by Rob Reiner and starring JackNicholson and MorganFreeman.

Edward Cole is a hospital magnate who has made his fortune off of charging for hospital stays, but when he ends up in his own hospital with terminal lung cancer and meets Carter Chambers, a mechanic in a similar state, they strike up an odd friendship and make a "bucket list" of things to do before they die.

This and Edward's money takes them around the world as their deaths get closer, but as their health declines it gets harder and harder to do what they want. In the end, they find out what's really worth spending their time on.

----
!!This film contains examples of:
* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: Creator/RogerEbert complained about the plot putting both men in the same room, since in reality hospitals would put them in separate rooms to make ''more'' money. However, if they didn't share a room [[AnthropicPrinciple there would be no plot]].
* ActorAllusion: Carter talks about wanting to be the first Black president in his youth. Morgan Freeman played the president in ''Film/DeepImpact'', though it is unclear if he was the first African-American one in the story.
** Edward talks about missing a lunch meeting with Michelle Pfeiffer to attend a hearing. Nicholson starred with Pfeiffer in ''{{Wolf}}'', and both also played villains in the TimBurton {{Batman}} movies. Though not at the same time.
* AwardBaitSong: John Mayer's "Say" over the credits.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Edward first discovers something is wrong when he coughs up blood into a handkerchief.
* CloseOnTitle
* ContemplateOurNavels: Both men spend quite a bit of the movie wondering about the meaning of life and death.
* CoolOldGuy: Carter and Edward.
* DeadlyDistantFinale: At the end [[spoiler:Edward, who beat cancer and lived another thirty years after that, has his ashes put on a mountaintop (illegally) next to those of Carter.]]
* DoNotGoGentle: Both men decide that if they're going to go, they'll go down swinging.
* DuelingStarsMovie: Just in case you didn't catch that bit at the beginning, "''The Bucket List'' is a 2007 film starring '''''JackNicholson''''' and '''''MorganFreeman'''''."
* EndingMemorialService
* ForegoneConclusion: The two men die. This should be obvious from the title alone.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Edward encourages Carter to sleep with an attractive woman because he's only been with his wife and will never have another chance. Subverted, since he doesn't go through with it. Plus, Edward only suggested it to remind Carter how much he misses his wife.
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Lucius Fox]] and [[Film/{{Batman}} the Joker]] go on a road trip. Or [[{{Chinatown}} Detective Gittes]] and [[BruceAlmighty God]] go on a road trip. You decide.
* HollywoodAtheist: Edward's bitter, cynical, extremely unpleasant to most people he interacts with, and claims to envy people with faith even if he doesn't understand what it's about. Yeah, classic stereotypical example.
* HollywoodSkydiving: As the ''MythBusters'' showed, they would not be able to hear each other as they were diving. But both have a tandem partner, averting a usual cliche.
* JeopardyIntelligenceTest: Used to demonstrate Carter's intelligence.
* LikeYouWereDying
* MeetCute: Roger Ebert actually refers to this trope by name in his review when talking about how Edward and Carter meet up.
* MillionairePlayboy: Edward, divorced four times.
* MoodWhiplash: Unsurprisingly frequent, what with it being a lighthearted comedy-drama based around terminal illness.
-->[[spoiler: I'm pretty sure he was happy with his final resting place, because he was buried on the mountain. And that was against the law.]]
* NoodleIncident: Edward tried to fire Matt once before, for the "Oprah Incident."
* OddFriendship / SaltAndPepper: The latter is played with since Carter is the much more level headed of the two
* OutWithABang: Subverted, [[spoiler:Carter is about to make love to his wife when he falls to the floor and starts convulsing, and later dies at the hospital.]]
* [[spoiler:PosthumousNarration: A twist, in that though the opening narration implies otherwise, ''Carter'' is the one who dies first.]]
* RunningGag: Edward's love of Kopi Luwak, a coffee that's made from coffee beans that have been [[ForeignQueasine digested and pooped out by a cat civet]].
* SceneryPorn: The locales Ed and Carter visit are on a lot of Bucket Lists, and for good reason.
* TwistEnding: [[spoiler:Both men die, but not in the order expected]]
* UnclePennybags: Edward
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: One of Edward's points on his list is to kiss the world's most beautiful girl, who turns out to be [[spoiler:his granddaughter]].
** In a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming way]], not a {{squick}}y way.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: Kinna the whole point.
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30th May '13 11:23:17 AM Tuckerscreator
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* ActorAllusion: Carter talks about wanting to be the first Black president in his youth. Morgan Freeman played the president in DeepImpact, though it is unclear if he was the first African-American one in the story.

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* ActorAllusion: Carter talks about wanting to be the first Black president in his youth. Morgan Freeman played the president in DeepImpact, ''Film/DeepImpact'', though it is unclear if he was the first African-American one in the story.
30th May '13 11:23:06 AM Tuckerscreator
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* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: RogerEbert complained about the plot putting both men in the same room, since in reality hospitals would put them in separate rooms to make ''more'' money. However, if they didn't share a room [[AnthropicPrinciple there would be no plot]].

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* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: RogerEbert Creator/RogerEbert complained about the plot putting both men in the same room, since in reality hospitals would put them in separate rooms to make ''more'' money. However, if they didn't share a room [[AnthropicPrinciple there would be no plot]].
7th Apr '13 2:53:15 PM Charsi
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* CoolOldGuy: Carter and Edward.
14th Oct '12 1:37:27 PM furiouslyfurry
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* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: RogerEbert complained about the plot putting both men in the same room, since in reality hospitals would put them in separate rooms to make ''more'' money. However, if they didn't share a room there would be no plot.

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* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: RogerEbert complained about the plot putting both men in the same room, since in reality hospitals would put them in separate rooms to make ''more'' money. However, if they didn't share a room [[AnthropicPrinciple there would be no plot.plot]].
29th Jul '12 1:55:25 PM TompaDompa
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* HeyItsThatGuy: [[TheDarkKnightSaga Lucius Fox]] and [[Film/{{Batman}} the Joker]] go on a road trip. Or [[{{Chinatown}} Detective Gittes]] and [[BruceAlmighty God]] go on a road trip. You decide.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: [[TheDarkKnightSaga [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Lucius Fox]] and [[Film/{{Batman}} the Joker]] go on a road trip. Or [[{{Chinatown}} Detective Gittes]] and [[BruceAlmighty God]] go on a road trip. You decide.



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22nd May '12 1:12:12 PM ShadowHog
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* HeyItsThatGuy: [[TheDarkKnightSaga Lucius Fox]] and the Joker go on a road trip. Or [[{{Chinatown}} Detective Gittes]] and [[BruceAlmighty God]] go on a road trip. You decide.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: [[TheDarkKnightSaga Lucius Fox]] and [[Film/{{Batman}} the Joker Joker]] go on a road trip. Or [[{{Chinatown}} Detective Gittes]] and [[BruceAlmighty God]] go on a road trip. You decide.
7th Apr '12 9:44:35 AM Catbert
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* [[spoiler: HeGotBetter: Edward, despite being given a maximum of a year to live, is declared a medical marvel and manages to die of natural causes.]]
26th Feb '12 4:02:53 PM superjon90
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* OutWithABang: Subverted, [[spoiler:Carter is about to make love his wife when he falls to the floor and starts convulsing, and later dies at the hospital.]]

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* OutWithABang: Subverted, [[spoiler:Carter is about to make love to his wife when he falls to the floor and starts convulsing, and later dies at the hospital.]]
22nd Nov '11 5:26:14 PM TinyTedDanson
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* [[spoiler: HeGotBetter: Edward, despite being given a maximum of a year to live, is declared a medical marvel and manages to die of natural causes.]]


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* MoodWhiplash: Unsurprisingly frequent, what with it being a lighthearted comedy-drama based around terminal illness.
-->[[spoiler: I'm pretty sure he was happy with his final resting place, because he was buried on the mountain. And that was against the law.]]
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